pestilence

(redirected from pestilential)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.

pestilence

a. any epidemic outbreak of a deadly and highly infectious disease, such as the plague
b. such a disease

pestilence

[′pes·tə·ləns]
(medicine)
Any epidemic contagious disease.
Infection with the plague organism Pasteurella pestis.
References in classic literature ?
I am simply going to take you up above these clouds that are now deluging us, and remove you from this pestilential atmosphere.
Now, if we had been compelled to go afoot over that drenched soil," said he, "we should still be dragging along in a pestilential mire.
The poor lunatic, it seems probable, had cherished a delusion that his haughty mistress sat in state, unharmed herself by the pestilential influence, which, as by enchantment, she scattered round about her.
And this horrible problem was only an extrane- ous episode, a mere complication in the general problem of how to get that ship--which was mine with her appurtenances and her men, with her body and her spirit now slumbering in that pestilential river--how to get her out to sea.
They approached again, just as the manager was saying, 'No one, as far as I know, unless a species of wandering trader--a pestilential fel- low, snapping ivory from the natives.
A day lost at the very best; but more likely a whole fortnight of frizzling on some pestilential mudflat, of desperate work, of discharging cargo; more than likely it meant borrowing money at an exorbitant rate of interest--from the Siegers' gang too at that.
It was like harbouring a pestilential disease that would not perhaps take your life, but would take from you all that made life worth living--a subtle pest that would convert earth into a hell.
To say nothing of the deleterious vapours and pestilential exhalations of the charcoal, which soon undermine the health of the heartiest, the glare of a scorching fire, and the smoke so baneful to the eyes and the complexion, are continual and inevitable dangers; and a cook must live in the midst of them, as a soldier on the field of battle, surrounded by bullets, and bombs, and Congreve's rockets, with this only difference, that for the first, every day is a fighting day, that her warfare is almost always without glory, and most praiseworthy achievements pass not only without reward, but frequently without even thanks; for the most consummate cook is, alas
Corruption - by whatever name, shape or form it may take - is the same pestilential animal, and it must be exorcised from the ranks of our bureaucracy, whether in the BOC or PNP.
Purpura in association with pestilential fevers was described by Hippocrates and later writers, but it was not until the 16th century and the early part of 17th century that purpura in the absence of fever was recognised.
He pulled a 'gar from his pocket, shucked off the cellophane, lit it up, blew a skanky wad of pestilential smoke into the pristine air, and said right out loud to nobody in particular, "I'm not going home
And yes, the judiciary can help provide a deterrent to the pestilential scum who plague our buses by handing out some exemplary prison sentences.